Today in Germany: Facebook, SoundCloud


Hamburg fights back on Facebook’s WhatsApp data strategy

With Facebook’s German office being based in Hamburg, it was the city’s data protection commissioner Johannes Caspar who ordered Facebook to delete any data it has already harvested from Germany’s 35 million WhatsApp users. Besides the fact, that Facebook apparently didn’t ask for user’s permission, it also collects the data of neither Facebook nor WhatsApp user.

Rumours of the day: Spotify acquires SoundCloud

Berlin-based SoundCloud could shake hands with Spotify, Financial Times (paid) first reported. Reason could be that Spotify needs to stay on track before Apple Music gets too big. Having raised a total of $1.56 billion, including $1 billion debt financing, acquiring SoundCloud ($193 million investment) could help to larger the offer for its listeners.
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